Elvis In Concert November 1970 Tour 10th - 17th
For two months Elvis and Priscilla relaxed in Memphis, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. On October 15th Elvis is in Memphis and on this Evening attends the Gospel Quartet Convention at the Ellis Auditorium, where the Blackwood Brothers leader James Blackwood introduces him.
Elvis returns to the Quartet Convention on the 17th where he forms an impromptu quartet with James Blackwood, Statesmen founder Hovie Lister and Bass singer J.D Sumner.
Oakland, CA November 10th E/S Audio
That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Hi I'm Johnny Cash; Tiger Man; Proud Mary; Love Me Tender; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions; Johnny B.Goode; How Great Thou Art; The Wonder Of You; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue suede Shoes; Hound Dog; Bridge Over Troubled Water (With false Start) Suspicious Minds; Funny How Times Slip Away; Can't Help Falling In Love..
Elvis Now Suit
Portland, OR November 11th E/S CD One Night In Portland
That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Love Me Tender; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions/Johnny B.Goode/Fats Domino's Hill; How Great Thou Art; The Wonder Of You; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; Hound Dog; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Suspicious Minds; Funny How Times Slip Away; Can't Help Falling In Love
Beaded Fringe Suit with Turquoise Belt
Seattle, WA November 12th E/S CD The Thrill Goes On
That's All Right; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me Tender; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions/Johnny B.Goode/Introductions; How Great Thou Art; The Wonder Of You; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; Hound Dog; Funny How Times Slip Away; Can't Help Falling In Love
Beaded Fringe Suit with Turquoise Belt
San Francisco, CA November 13th E/S
White With Red Ladder Suit
Los Angeles, CA November 14th A/S Audio
That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Love Me Tender; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Johnny B.Goode; How Great Thou Art; The Wonder Of You; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; One Night; Love Me; Trying To Get To You; Hound Dog; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Suspicious Minds; Funny How Times Slip Away; Can't Help Falling In Love
I Got Lucky Suit with Red Belt
Los Angeles, CA November 14th E/S
Long Fringe Suit
Elvis Rocks The Forum
(Los Angeles, Nov. 14, 1970)
by Ad Schijven
Also back then Elvis could permit himself anything. Everything he touched changed to gold and became a big success. When you regard that even now, 27 years later, the material of "That's the Way It Is" still moves people, it is clear enough. Music which survived the time and an Elvis looking better than ever in his, at the time, simple jump-suits. How great it would have been to attend such a show, e.g. in Los Angeles.
Since his return to the stage he gave already about 200 shows in Las Vegas and still he didn't get enough. "That's the Way It Is", his first documentary, is an absolute rock document. For the first time we see the man's charisma on and behind the stage, an American super hero with a radiation that makes one quiet. His latest singles storm the lists and the Camden label even sees chance to bring an old Christmas album by Elvis from 1957, in a new cover, as a rocket into the charts.
Elvis' biggest challenge at the moment is his tour through a part of the States. After an earlier tour in September this is his second, but the tension isn't less. The tour starts on November 10 with a concert in Oakland, followed by Portland and Seattle, turning to San Francisco California on November 13. One day later Elvis and entourage reach Los Angeles. He goes to a strictly secret hotel in Hollywood
and gives at 2:30 PM his first show in the L.A. Forum, a huge hall, where only the biggest entered the stage. 37.398 people watched the two shows that day and it was worth the money. After the first show Elvis went back to the hotel to prepare for the second show, at least that was the intention.
A certain Patricia Parker delivered a healthy son on October 19 and came to say that Elvis was the father of the boy. Elvis got sick of those cases, but got used to it because pretty often women came up with the same story... When all those rumours were true Elvis must have been the most fertile man ever. Until then all the cases went over but Ms. Parker was very stubborn. The trial was the same day, so there was no easy prepare for the second show. Elvis was so busy with it that he even mentioned it during the evening show.
A boiling Forum with 18.700 fans made a tremendous noise when Elvis walked on the stage for the second time that day. He looked fantastic. During the afternoon he wore the suit on the "I Got Lucky"-cover but in the evening show he wore a snow-white fringe jump-suit. The fringes are about 16 inches and with every movement he made them going around him wildly, which was a spectacular sight. Charlie Hodge put Elvis' guitar around his neck and he started the show with "That's All Right", a song brought so sensationally that the hall is heartened immediately. The evening couldn't go wrong anymore. He continued with "I Got a Woman/Amen", threw his guitar to Charlie and greeted the public "Good evening, my name is Johnny Cash..." and the band started playing few chords of "I Walk the Line". Elvis laughed, but didn't sing the song. He started to tell his last performance in LA was on October 29, 1957 and sung "Love Me Tender". During the song he changed the lyrics a little "for my darling, I love you, 'cause you took the pill", a joke appreciated by the audience. His current hit "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" got followed by "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'". During the song he had a problem with the suit: he got stuck in the fringes and could only release himself with using force. During "Polk Salad Annie", maybe the best version ever of this song, he imitated Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdink. This brought a lot of hilarity to the hall, while all singers were personal friends of Elvis, they wouldn't bother too much. Elvis was flaming so much during the final that he was out of breath and had to take a short break, during which he introduced the band. James Burton played a solo and Elvis went straight into it with "Johnny B. Goode". After all the fireworks it got time for more serious work and Elvis continued with a moody version of "How Great Thou Art", a beautiful song from 1966, sung together with The Imperials, very touching.
The audience shouted several requests, on which he answered he would sing all 484 of them. First turn for "The Wonder of You", a hit a few months before. He just did one and a half-minute of it, and went straight onto the 50's hits. Beautiful versions of "Heartbreak Hotel, "Blue Suede Shoes", "One Night" and "Love Me" were brought in no time. Further back in time with "Tryin' to Get to You", an old Sun-song, that seems immortal. "It's Now or Never" was brought beautifully and Elvis told that there were sold about 20 million pieces of it. No show complete without "Hound dog" and LA had to get it too. His movements during this rocker were so heave that he was stuck for the second time in his suit. This time Charlie had to cut him loose and he swore it was the last time he wore the suit.
The last part of the show was started with the classical "Bridge over Troubled Water", the Simon and Garfunkel song. It seemed to be made for Elvis and he brought the song very touching, several times better than the original by the composites. When the applause was gone it appeared the Patricia Parker affair wasn't forgotten. He told the public something like "there was a story about me in the papers, but don't believe it, it's nonsense. It's about nothing, it isn't important. The music is, I have sold many millions of records and Graceland is full of gold records. That's important and if you don't believe it, come over and I'll show you". He got a tremendous applause and started "Suspicious Minds". Only waiting for the wild movements, and yes there's Charlie with a knife to release his boss again.
When Elvis introduced his father after this spectacular song, he got a tremendous applause too. After "Funny How Time Slips Away" he asked for the house lights. Suddenly a giant Forum, swimming in light, was before him. The sight must have been even to Elvis breathtaking. He told the audience, his audience, that he thought it was fantastic, and seemed to be true. Even a little commercial for "That's the Way It Is" flew from his lips. When "Can't Help Falling in Love" was started the public went crazy. The people were pushing to come closer to the stage. A chaos was before Elvis' eyes. After he sung the last bars of the song, he didn't leave the stage strangely enough. He shaked as many hands as possible and gave the band a sign to start the song again. When after a little two minutes the show was really over, he disappeared from the stage, leaving the public out of their mind with only memories of a super show.
San Diego, CA November 15th E/S
Beaded Fringe Suit With Turquoise Belt
Oklahoma City, OK November 16th E/S CD Go Cat Go
That's All Right; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me Tender; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions; Johnny B.Goode; Introductions; How Great Thou Art; The Wonder Of You; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; Hound Dog; Blue Christmas; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Suspicious Minds; Funny How Times Slip Away; Can't Help Falling In Love Announcements
Fair Grounds Arena
White Tie Suit with Beaded Belt
Denver, CO November 17th E/S
I Got Lucky Suit with Black Belt
Early the next morning Elvis flew back to Los Angeles, Elvis on his time off went to the White House to see President Nixon, to fill an ambition of obtaining an FBI badge.